At Lockhart Dentistry, we firmly believe that every member of your family deserves the best oral health care available.
That’s why we pay particular attention to kids and offer exceptional pediatric dentistry services.
What pediatric dentistry care do you provide?
Our pediatric dentistry services include regular cleaning, routine exams, fluoride treatments, sealants, and early orthodontic planning.
When should children start seeing the dentist?
We recommend that you bring your child in for the first visit when they turn one or they get their first tooth, whichever happens first.
Are there different steps in pediatric dentistry as kids get older?
Absolutely! Every age is different, and as your child grows they’ll need different kinds of care.
Great oral health begins when your child is a baby. We recommend bringing in your baby at age one or when they get their first tooth, whichever comes first. Remember, baby teeth are only placeholders for adult teeth, so we need to make sure they are checked to make sure they grow in right and to prevent decay.
As your baby turns into a toddler, it’s time to start teaching good dental habits, like brushing. It’s also a good time to become familiar with, and be comfortable about, going to the dentist. You should schedule regular appointments while teaching good brushing techniques at home.
Then when your kids go to school, from ages 6-12, it’s time for the baby teeth to go and for adult teeth to come in. By having regular checkups, you can make sure that your child’s teeth are growing correctly and to keep an early watch on whether or not specialized care or orthodontia may be needed.
For teens, high school is not the only challenge! Teens should have regular cleanings and an exam every six months. The teenage years are prime time for the development of cavities, and it's also when you may want to consider braces for your child. As they progress in sports, make sure that your child wears a mouth guard to protect their newly formed teeth.
The job of a parent is never done! Once your kids go off to college or move out of the house, make sure that they keep up with their good dental hygiene routine. Encouraging them to keep up their regular exams will ensure they have a great smile that lasts a lifetime.